Mexico won't send candidate to Miss Universe over Trump comments: Televisa
MEXICO CITY – Reuters
Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, poses with Miss Connecticut Erin Brady at a news conference after she was crowned Miss USA 2013 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in a June 16, 2013 file photo. Reuters PhotoMexico will not send a contestant to this year's Miss Universe pageant after part owner and TV personality Donald Trump made comments insulting Mexicans, Mexican broadcaster Televisa said on June 29.
Televisa and former Miss Universe Lupita Jones organize a pageant to select a Mexican candidate for the contest.
U.S. broadcaster NBC has also said it would no longer air the pageant after Trump described migrants from Mexico as drug-runners and rapists.
Trump made the comments when he announced earlier this month he was seeking the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
"For Televisa, any commercial relationship with the Miss Universe pageant and with the companies of the Trump organization is unacceptable," Televisa said in a statement.
A spokesman said the release meant that a Mexican contestant would not be sent to the pageant.
The announcement came four days after Spanish-language Univision, part-owned by Televisa, said it would not air the Miss USA pageant on July 12 and severed ties to the Miss Universe Organization.
Ora TV, a Television company co-founded by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and TV personality Larry King has also canceled a program it was working on with some of Trump's companies, Slim's spokesman said earlier on June 29.
Political analysts have said Trump, despite being one of America's most recognizable figures, is considered a long shot for the Republican Party nomination in the field of more than a dozen candidates.